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    #1

    The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    The staff say"OK, I will dial a number to Printer service hotline for asking help."

    Is this situation's conversation correct?

    Does the sentence make any sense?

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    #2

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    The printer is broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    The staff say "OK, we will dial a number to Printer Service Hotline to ask for help."

    Is this situation's conversation correct?

    Does the sentence make any sense?
    MNY

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    #3

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    dial a number to Printer Service Hotline to ask for help
    How about 'call the Printer Service Hotline for help'?

    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    That's OK, Matthew, but there's no need to capitalise 'printer service hotline'.

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    #5

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    It could be the name of a company. The context is not clear.

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    #6

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    Is this situation's conversation correct?

    Is "You should find someone to repair it" part of the situation you are describing or part of the conversation?

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    #7

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    The printer was broken down in the past. I know it. It doesn't break down now.

    So, I will use past tense.

    Am i wrong?

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    #8

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    If it is not broken now, why call a repair service?

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    #9

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    The printer was broken down in the past. I know it. It doesn't break down now.

    So, I will use past tense.

    Am I wrong?
    It broke in the past, but it remains in a state of being "broken" now.

    The printer on the first floor broke yesterday. Use the one on the second floor.
    The printer on the first floor is broken. They have called someone to fix it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #10

    Re: The printer was broken down.You should find someone to repair it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If it is not broken now, why call a repair service?
    It was broken yesterday. They called someone and it was repaired. It's fine now.

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